In 1972 the two were combined into one country on May 20, so this is a national holiday known as Unity Day. (By the way, the church in CAR recognizes this as a work holiday for the Monday of Pentecost. Maybe the church in Cameroon does, too. I don’t know.)
There is, of course, a parade with school students, the Lutheran Bible School, and other organizations that get uniforms made from the same material – often with patriotic writing on it.
Just before the parade, some people got medals for working certain numbers of years. I couldn’t hear much of this part because I decided not to sit in the reviewing stand, but to stay “on the ground” to get better pictures (and to leave early – I still don’t like parades much!)
It was a beautiful sunny day with some clouds, but HOT! The parade itself didn’t start until about 11:45 – going into the hottest part of the day. I stood in the shade of a tree as much as possible. The Cameroonian Red Cross was there to pass out water and assist as needed. I also saw some people with Red Crescent vests.
This last picture shows one school getting ready to march – with all the road construction trucks/machines that are supposed to be in CAR finishing the road. Another casualty of the insecurity.
Happy Unity Day!